- The Symbolic Language
of Tarot Cards
Home Reference Manual
- What I did for this project / I chose a topic suitable for a manual, researched about it and worked out a structure of the book, for both the contents and their visual organization. I worked on layout, grid, typesetting, diagrams, illustrations and the cover design.
- Introduction, 'Reading Roman Numerals'
- Part Two, The Major Arcana
- In this part of the book each spread is dedicated to a Major Arcana card.
The left-handed page has a fixed layout and a standard set of contents: the card is placed at the center, with two text columns on its sides (kabbalistic interpretation on the left, and astrological explanation on the right); a box at the bottom with two group of keywords (possible meanings of the card if it's upright, left, or reversed, right) close the page.
The right-handed page has a different structure, with a more flexible grid. The content change from one arcana to another, illustrating the most complex and important symbols depicted in the card.
- To be consistent with the style of the Marseille Tarots, I draw a set of illustrations with a black ink pen, and then colored them digitally with basic colors, imitating the woodcut feel of the original artworks.
- Part Four, 'Reading a Spread'
- This part of the book is dedicated to the task of divination. To read the future with Tarot Cards it is necessary to lay them down according to tradition. There are several established arrangement, called 'Spreads', involving a different number of cards and devoted to different forecasting purposes.
The interpretation of a Spread is explained through four pages: two pages show how to place down the cards, the meaning of each position, and the general symbolism of that particular game; two other pages demonstrates the previous theory looking over a reading example.
- The Mirror Spread First double-page: the diagram of the Spread and its symbols
- The Horoscope Spread
This Spread involves 12 cards, the maximum number of cards considered in the book.
The arrangement area is very large as well, so I selected this case as the worst possible situation, in terms of layout structure, and worked it out to find the righ